Reaction to McNeal's departure

Reaction to McNeal's departure

With the departure of Shawnbrey McNeal at the running back position, SMU fans will realize next season how important the signing of Darryl Fields will be in two weeks. Come inside PonyStampede.com as we talk with the Oklahoma product.

With the departure of Shawnbrey McNeal at the running back position, SMU fans will realize next season how important the signing of Darryl Fields will be in two weeks. The Mustangs have backs on the roster that can slam the ball inside the tackles and pick up the blitz, but none with the home run threat like Fields.

"I have been preparing the last few weeks like he would be there, because I wasn't for sure if he was going to leave or not. After watching him this season, I knew that if I wanted to come in and make any contributions, I would have to work hard," said Fields to PonyStampede.com. "When I found out he was leaving, I was excited, but very disappointed as well. I'm sure he could have taught me a lot and I could have learned from him. I also know he would have pushed me."

Fields rushed for 1495 yards and 30 touchdowns this season. His 10.2 ypg was one of the best in the state of Oklahoma. Not bad for a player that has been at the position for only two seasons.

"You know, they run the ball a lot more than people think. Obviously if he ran for over 1200 yards, they have to put it on the ground," said Fields. "After watching him in the offense, I know that it's not just about me running. I'm gong to have to do a good job blocking and picking up the blitz. Also, I will get some passes every once in a while in open space, where I can try to make a move. So, I'm trying to get stronger, I want to show everybody that I will be able to do it all."

Fields is currently 6'2, 209 pounds, he has dropped some weight in recent weeks sprinting up the basketball court. Fields is a starter on the Madill HS in Oklahoma. The Wildcats are out to a 10-0 start, partly due to his contributions.

"Right now, because I'm playing basketball, I'm not lifting very much. At least not as much as I would like. I know that during track season, I will begin to lift a lot again, which will be good," said Fields. "During spring football, I plan to hang around and get most of my workouts in. I'm not going to necessarily practice with them, but I might do some drills here and there and lift with them to stay sharp."

Besides for playing hoops this winter, Fields will once again run track, where he is the defending 4A c champion in the 200 and 400 meters. He will also play spring baseball for the Wildcats.

During his conversation with PonyStampede.com, Fields reflected on his decision to pick SMU back in November.

"It was tough to make the right decision, but I think that I did make it. Schools really haven't been contacting me, which is nice. They have left me alone," said the running back. "I did get a call from Texas Tech a couple days ago. They were asking me how committed I was, but that is the only one that called me."

Make sure to check PonyStampede.com on signing day for pictures from Field's signing announcement.

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